Thursday, 8 May 2014

What I'm Reading: "Deadliners" By Rachel Medhurst **REVIEW ADDED**


The Deadliners
By Rachel Medhurst
Release Date: 12th May 2014
ISBN: 9781497563223

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You don’t stop living when you die.

Have you ever wondered what happens when you die?

They're called Deadliners, they're spirits and they play fate with human lives. These 'deadline assignments' have karma which must be cleared by the time they die. What the deadliners don't know is that by helping others they are also clearing karma of their own.

They're a strong family unit who would do anything for one another - until one of them has to take Danny's wife over to the other side. Will they be able to go through with it? The group finds themselves in unfamiliar territory as each one of them faces their toughest lesson since they've died: letting go.

Danny loses control as his friends start doing what they want, instead of their jobs. What was making them forget their training? Is there something darker going on? Never before had a deadliner group been so torn apart by the challenges that each one had to face.



As the motorbike spun, the screeching of metal on concrete seeped into her ears. The brutal abrasive surface ripped at her skin, beating her body with its unrelenting hardness. This wasn’t good. She stopped. 

Everything stopped. The sound of traffic, people speaking, sirens and crying, attacked her ears. She let it sink into her head. She knew it would be too late for her; she couldn’t feel her body. The numbness crawled over muscles, towards her brain. Her mind was the last thing to die.

‘Hello there,’ a deep voice whispered. She cracked open her eyes, letting in the glaring light. It didn’t hurt though. In fact, she felt good. 

She started to climb to her feet, noticing a pulling sensation as she sat. Looking up, she saw a tall, dark-haired man standing over her. His hand was held out towards her as he smiled.

‘Who are you?’ She reached out slowly and placed her palm against his.

‘I’m Danny,’ he replied as he pulled her to stand. She looked back at where she’d been lying and rubbed her eyes. Her heart tried to escape her chest. There, on the floor, lay a body - her broken and twisted body.

‘What...?’ Her words trailed off as Danny turned her away from her old self. A bright flash enveloped them, clearing to reveal a sparkling lake.

‘Anna, I’d like to welcome you as my newest recruit,’ he said. She looked around her. Where was she? Where was her mum?

A community of houses and buildings lay in the distance.

‘What is this? What’s going on? Am I in heaven?’ Anna spun in a circle, facing the woods, the buildings, Danny.

‘No, this isn’t heaven. This is your new home. You’re a spirit, Anna, and you have a new job.’ He took her hand and made her face him.
‘A job…?’

‘Yes...welcome to your new life as a Deadliner.’


Rachel Medhurst grew up in Surrey, England. She writes to prove that no matter where you come from, you can be anything you want to be. Your past may shape you, but it doesn’t define you. When Rachel isn’t writing, she can be found reading and walking in nature. 


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A well written book, offering an alternative to what happens when you die.

"Deadliners" are basically spirits that take you to "the other side", or introduce you to the life as a deadliner.  But you don't stay a Deadliner indefinitely.  There is a lesson that you must learn to pass over to the other side - but its individual and no one knows what that lesson is.  They also have the capability to "bargain" to give their assigned person an additional length of time on Earth to live.

We follow Danny and his group - Anna, Charlie, Milly and Reece.
Danny is the leader, having been there the longest.  Reece is the newer of the group.

There are some majorly difficult tasks that these guys are given.  Anna needs to take her mother over - and Danny's wife.  Milly - as soon as she discovered her daughter was on the list to pass over - seemed to forget any assignment.
Charlie is overseeing a girl who has run away from the circus, but Reese is overseeing the Circus Owner who is NOT a nice man.

Anna is summoned from the Higher Beings, to be told she has fulfilled her Deadliners lesson as is to pass over.
Happy, but worried, she goes over to the other side, leaving the little group alone.

It happens slowly, but you see that each member of the group is struggling to manage.....some sort of negativity has surrounded them all, and they don't know how.

Anna is called back to try and help.

Danny feels he is owed to go to the other side, and is desperate to get there and feels that the only way to get there is to send more spirits to the other side.

Milly is constantly at her daughters side and neglecting her assignment.

Charlie is missing Anna, but is obsessed with his current assignment.

Reece seems to be going off the rails.....his assignment hears him, and Reece seems to want to take advantage of it...

Anna is gobsmacked at what her group is now.  Long gone is the support, the fun, the general feeling of a family unit.  In its replacement is angry spirits, fractured family unit, no support, and extremely stressed Deadliners.

Can Anna find the reason?
Can someone help her to the right answer?
Will the group believe her?
And more importantly, will it help change the ways they've slipped into?

A great book to read. 
Yes, its an alternative view on what happens when we die, but it is no way religious and very easy to read.
The characters and the way they develop has been written brilliantly, and the storyline flows along.

I believe this is the first book of Ms Medhurst.  If this is anything to go by - it won't be her last.

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